Gratitude – snuggly boys, pretty sunset, night out

I am grateful for boys, who, when watching TV prefer to snuggle up next to each other on the couch. So sweet!

I am grateful for the light as the sun was going down last night. It was pretty.

I am grateful for a night out. I saw Jupiter Ascending. I know a lot of people who would not really like an over the top silly science fiction movie like that, but I sure did.

Gratitude – New office, beaver buggies, crazy day accomplished

I am grateful for my new office. The move went smoothly. I managed to secure parking at both locations, and all the stuff went from the one place to the other without any issues. By about 2pm I’d set up all my stuff and had met Julie for lunch. It’s nice. There’s a window. I opened it and could hear birds twittering away.

I am grateful for the big beaver buggy race that happened tonight. The beavers put together the buggies a few weeks ago, and they raced them on a track tonight. Cooper was pleased to make it to the semi-finals; his buggy was first in the first 2 races. Farley brought one along too, and I am grateful there was time for the brothers to race head to head against eachother before the track got put away.

I am grateful for this crazy day all working out. It started early, with Farley’s first dental appointment before dropping of the boys at school. Then there was all the moving craziness, followed by the beaver meeting. Phew! It was a long, action packed day, and it all went fine, and I am looking forward to taking it a bit easier tomorrow and on the weekend.

Gratitude – this blog, movers, diaper free Farley

I am grateful for this blog. Sitting down and focusing on what made today a good day works. It makes me feel better about my day. If that’s not nice, what is?

I am grateful for movers. I am moving my office again. I wouldn’t have, but I was at a desk in an open concept office before; and at the new place I’ll have a door for not a lot more rent. T’any rate, a short while ago I realized that no move is too small to hire burly young people and a truck. I’ve only got a couple of desks and shelves and a few boxes, but I know myself well enough to know that if I tried that on my own, I’d be hurting at the end of the day, and would likely have damaged some furniture and walls in the process. As it is, I anticipate it will all be done in a few hours, and I’ll be able to get on with my day.

I am grateful for Farley’s first number 2 at a venue outside the home or his daycare. We were shopping for appliances, at a mall. The kiddo let us know he needed to go, and he went. Go Farley!

Gratitude – Coop reading and writing, airplanes



I am grateful for more kid self sufficiency. Today Coop made breakfast again. This time, it was 100% on his own. By the time I’d gotten out of the shower both my guys had pretty much dressed themselves, prepared breakfast and eaten it. This all blows my mind. Perhaps it shouldn’t, but it does.

I am grateful for Coop, who tonight wrote sentences that I could read, without grownups in the room. This also blew my mind. It’s a lesson for me, when he asked if he could do that exercise in the activity book he was working with, I was all like “Okay, but I think this book is more for after you can read, but I’ll work on it with you”. Not a proud moment, that, in hindsight. Still, proud enough after when it became apparent he totally understood the task at hand, could figure out the phonetics, match up the words, and write out the sentences. The pride I have for Coop in that more than makes up for the lack of pride for doubting him before. He told me before bed that he has decided he gets two stars in the chart he made for himself today, one for making breakfast again, one for the reading and writing. Good for him!

I am grateful for a nice little excursion with Farley today. We had a bit of time to kill so we went down and watched planes land in the harbour. The colours in the sky from the setting sun were amazing, and nothing makes Farley light up like big machines doing their thing; machines like boats or airplanes. If that’s not nice, what is?

Gratitude – capable kids, heat, reconnecting with old friends

I am grateful for capable kids getting more and more capable every day. This morning Cooper got the bagels out of the toaster, buttered them and put them on plates his brother and himself. He got water for Farley and milk for himself (their usual orders). He made sure Farley got the green cup and green plate, because that’s Farley’s favourite. After they were done he went and found a pen, and put a star next to his name on the chart he’d decided (on his own) to make on the fridge. How about that!

I am grateful for heat. We now have electric baseboard heating in our bedroom and bathroom, for the first time since the furnace was removed in November.

I am grateful for reconnection with old friends. Today I had a friend from my university days and his family over for dinner. Near as I can figure, I hadn’t seen him for over 20 years. Since then he’s met a nice girl and had 2 fine sons. It so happens I did the same thing. The boys all got along like a house on fire, and I’d dare say the grown ups did too. I’m looking forward to seeing more of that gang, soon.

Gratitude – my kids and neighbours, sunny day, leg recovery


I am grateful for my neighbours, who brought over chocolates for my kids last week. How nice is that? And the boys loved them. Those boxes were opened every night after dinner when they got to choose one until they were gone.

I am grateful for a nice sunny day, with kids playing on the lawn for a bit.

I am grateful for steady progress on recovery for my leg. Today I felt mostly like a functional human being – I bet it feels even more normal tomorrow.

Gratitude – Julie, laptop-based work, my kids,

I am grateful for Julie, who again took one for the team, solo parenting with the kids on a trip to Sidney so I could lie around in bed and hope my leg might start to feel better.

I am grateful for my job, which can be performed anywhere wifi and my laptop are, for example in bed when I am hoping my leg might start to feel better. I conquered a fair chunk of work today, and it was the part that I like to do – the part where I am making stuff on a computer.

I am grateful for my kids, both of whom can be so sweet. Both had their moments today that one might not be grateful for, but when they were snuggled up on the couch together watching a movie with me tonight, when they were frolicking in the bath, when Cooper asked for my hand while Farley snuggled up on my lap at bedtime, that stuff is priceless, and I get lots of it all the time. If that’s not nice, what is?

Gratitude – Hot water, clearing the decks, slow recovery

I am grateful for hot water, and now, as much as I want, heated by cheap natural gas instead of expensive electricity. As part of our renovation, the on-demand gas tankless water heater was hooked up today. It’s not a lot different at the faucet. Frankly when you are standing there about to wash your hands, it’s maybe a bit worse. It takes a little longer to warm up (not much longer, maybe 10 or 15 seconds). I like thinking of how efficient that is though, and I think it will be significantly better on that front than the 57 year old hot water tank we started this shindig with. I also like that laundry will no longer have any bearing on when we can take showers.

I am grateful for some productive time at my computer today. I’ve managed to clear through a bunch of little tasks that have been keeping me from the big meaty projects I’ve got to get done in the next few weeks, and that’s a relief, because not getting to them has been stressing me out a bit.

I am grateful for recovery, albeit slower than I’d like, from whatever is going on in my left knee. I’m still moving slow, but I’m a bit quicker than I was yesterday and it doesn’t hurt as much as it did then, either.


Gratitude – Julie, physiotherapy, farley

I am grateful for Julie. I am in the midst of a some quadriceps tendonitis, and I haven’t been of much use today. She’s been picking up a lot of slack.

I am grateful for physiotherapy. I wasn’t sure what to do to feel better before my appointment today, and now I am. This is a good thing.

I am grateful for a nice evening with Farley tonight. Julie took Coop to Beavers, so it was just me and Farl for a few hours. That doesn’t happen as often as I’d like, it was nice to soak him up.

Gratitude – dinner with friends, the international space station, Farley’s pooping pride.

I am grateful for a evening with friends at their house tonight.

I grateful that while there, we got to see the international space station fly over the sky from one end to the other. I was tipped off by another friend who signed up for alerts for that kind of thing at NASA’s website.

I am grateful for Farley’s enthusiasm at telling everyone at daycare that he pooped on the potty last night. Go Farley!